Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

She Wasn't Afraid of Anything; Pounds 70k Fundraisers Helped Debi Live Life to the Full

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

She Wasn't Afraid of Anything; Pounds 70k Fundraisers Helped Debi Live Life to the Full

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Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN

TRIBUTES were paid today to a brave and selfless mum from Marton who lost her long battle against cancer.

Family and friends of Debi Cuthbert, who died at home on Friday aged just 42, described her as a woman who lived life to the full and gave her love and time in abundance.

And they thanked all those who supported Debi in her courageous fight against cancer, including the anonymous well-wishers who helped raise a staggering pounds 70,000 so she could fly abroad for pioneering treatment.

Husband Stuart, who lives in Shandon Park with their 11-year-old daughter Lauren, said: "Debi was extremely outgoing, very generous with her love and always had time for people.

"She wanted to live life to the full. Her treatment allowed her to do the things she wanted."

Debi came across the Oasis of Hope clinic in Mexico which offers a metabolic therapy to boost the immune system using a mega-vitamin, B17.

Friends, family and colleagues, as well as readers of the Gazette, gave generously to help her take three trips to the clinic. She also continued with treatments supplied by the clinic after her visits.

"To have looked at her then you would never have known she was ill," said Stuart, who works as a lab technician.

"The treatment kept it under control without the side effects of chemotherapy.

"And between 2005 and 2007 she crammed in as much as possible.

"She did lots of travelling, she went to New Zealand and took Lauren to Mexico and America.

"She didn't agree with putting poisons into your body, and preferred the idea of boosting her immune system. With chemo, you can't do anything, Debi wanted to do things.

"She loved the outdoors and loved walking the dog up Roseberry Topping.

"And she loved adrenaline sports. She did whitewater rafting and bungee jumping.

She wasn't afraid of anything."

Her friend, Catherine Stones agreed: "She was tiny but she would stick up for anybody and everybody. …

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